The One Year® Chronological Bible, NKJV (Tyndale, 2013), December 29
“They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death” (Rev. 12:11).
The Apostle John describes believers as overcomers in I John (2:13; 4:4; 5:4-5) and in Revelation (2:7, 11, 17; 26; 3:5, 12, 21; 12:11). Believers overcome in the battle over sin and self, in the battle with the world’s thinking and system, and in the battle with the enemy.
Christ-followers have a real and powerful enemy, but they are not left helpless against his accusatory attacks. Because the Seed of a woman (Gen. 3:15) has crushed the head of the serpent, and because believers are in Him, they overcome (get the better of, gain the superiority over) the enemy. Christ’s victory must be appropriated in order to be experienced. Passivity in the Christian life leads to defeat.
Victory is gained by appropriating the three-fold weapon described by John, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death” (Rev. 12:11).
- The blood of Jesus Christ is powerful and must be appropriated and proclaimed; Christ’s death has won the victory. As the hymn says, ”What can wash away my sin? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. What can make me whole again? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. Oh, precious is the flow that makes me white as snow! No other fount I know. Nothing but the blood of Jesus.” Christ came to die to defeat sin, death, and the devil. The believer simply appropriates the victory that Christ gained for him.
- A bold personal testimony must be verbalized. There is something powerful in verbalizing what Christ has done for you. A bold testimony, like a battering ram upon castle walls, damages the hold Satan has upon fallen man. It sparks faith and illumines darkness.
- A consecrated life of self-restraint and self-denial must be lived. Pampered Christians are unprepared to face difficulty, demonic activity, and death. Disciplined soldiers courageously prepare to die for their cause. Retreat and defeat are not an option. Believers must consecrate themselves to the Lord in every area of their lives.
Which word defines your relationship with sin, with the world and with the enemy—“overcomer,” or “spiritual wimp”?
Overcoming is a marked characteristic of sold out individuals and churches of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Questions from today’s chronological Bible reading (Rev. 11:1-14:20):
Describe the role played by the two witnesses in chapter 11. What does their treatment reveal about human nature?
Describe the devil’s activity in chapter 12. Contrast his activity with that of the Son of Man in chapter 14.
What is the primary designation given to Jesus in the book of the Revelation?